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OWC Intros Meaty 960GB 2.5-inch SSD

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The hefty storage capacity in this SSD comes with a hefty price.

Got an extra $1,299.99 collecting dust on your desktop specifically set aside for storage? Then Other World Computing has exactly what you need: the OWC Mercury Electra MAX 3G 960 GB 2.5-inch SSD. That's no typo (this time): the company's latest SSD packs nearly 1 TB of storage in a SSD form factor that doesn't require a PCI-Express connection.

"This high-performance 3.0 Gb/s SATA Solid State Drive offers Mac and PC users maximum storage capacity along with the test-proven, award-winning performance of Mercury brand SSDs to meet real-world software applications demands," the company said on Friday.

According to OWC, the drive was designed specifically for mass storage uses such as A/V files, image libraries, and databases. It also features 7-percent over provisioning, Tier 1/Grade A NAND, and a handy three-year warranty. Even more, it utilizes SandForce DuraClass technology, meaning it offers up to 100x in data protection compared to ordinary SSDs and leading enterprise-class hard disk drives.

"By combining the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology, along with 7-percent over provisioning, the Mercury Electra MAX 3G 960 GB SSD provides RAID-like data protection and reliability without loss of transfer speed due to parity," the company said.

The specs state that it features two SandForce 2181 Series controllers, and offers sustained read and write speeds up to 254 MB/s and 250 MB/s respectively. Intelligent Block Management & Wear Leveling automatically distributes data evenly across the entire SSD, and Intelligent Read Disturb Management spreads the active read/write across the flash components, eliminating data corruption caused by constant use.

Compatible with Macs, PCs and external enclosures that utilize 2.5-inch drives, the Mercury Electra MAX 3G 960 GB SSD is available now from Other World Computing as well as through select retailers. Desktop users wanting to use the SSD can choose from one of five adapters OWC offers starting at $3 for utilizing 2.5-inch drives in 3.5-inch bays.

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    bdizzle11 , June 22, 2012 11:08 PM
    Sata II? How would they not make something this expensive sata III?
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    A Bad Day , June 22, 2012 11:35 PM
    Santa, I've been a good boy. Can I have one?...
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    Shin-san , June 22, 2012 11:07 PM
    Definitely better for servers in the case they are making. Media files on a desktop don't need that speed and you are better off using a magnetic drive
  • 18 Hide
    bdizzle11 , June 22, 2012 11:08 PM
    Sata II? How would they not make something this expensive sata III?
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    A Bad Day , June 22, 2012 11:35 PM
    Santa, I've been a good boy. Can I have one?...
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    nukemaster , June 22, 2012 11:36 PM
    bdizzle11Sata II? How would they not make something this expensive sata III?

    With OWC being very Mac friendly(the main market they target), I would almost guess this is because the latest sandforce drives seem to fall back to sata 1.5gbps when used in Nvidia based Mac computers(I would guess Windows computers with the same chipset are affected the same way).

    This may be a smarter move then one would guess for anyone with an older Mac
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    kracker , June 22, 2012 11:41 PM
    Price?
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    nukemaster , June 22, 2012 11:45 PM
    krackerPrice?

    $1,269.99 as per link
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2012 11:47 PM
    kracker, read the first line of the aritcle

    Quote:
    Got an extra $1,299.99 collecting dust on your desktop specifically set aside for storage?


    that seems like a reasonable price for it.
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2012 11:49 PM
    bdizzle11
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    Sata II? How would they not make something this expensive sata III?


    see


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    With sustained reads up to 254MB/s and writes up to 250MB/s, up to 100X


    the drive's advertise speeds dont even saturate sataII.
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    kracker , June 23, 2012 12:11 AM
    nukemaster$1,269.99 as per link


    Ha. What an expensive toy.
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    dgingeri , June 23, 2012 1:56 AM
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    Desktop users wanting to use the SSD can choose from one of five adapters OWC offers starting at $3 for utilizing 2.5-inch drives in 3.5-inch bays.


    $1300 for a SSD, and they wouldn't spring for an adapter. Wow, that's just douchbaggery to a whole new level.
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    power2233 , June 23, 2012 3:54 AM
    ohhh good plz just throw it from sky i am ready to catch it
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    blazorthon , June 23, 2012 4:14 AM
    nignog13bdizzle11see the drive's advertise speeds dont even saturate sataII.


    They don't saturate it because doing so would be pretty much impossible. You can put a SATA3 SSD on a SATA2 port and it won't quite saturate it in 300MB/s either. If OCZ wanted to, they could have made it faster.
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    A Bad Day , June 23, 2012 5:31 AM
    dgingeri$1300 for a SSD, and they wouldn't spring for an adapter. Wow, that's just douchbaggery to a whole new level.


    It reminds me of my dad buying a $500 printer, and it had no ink cartridge. The ink cartridge for the printer was $60.

    I think the cartridge had unicorns' tears in it or something. Or he got ripped off.
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    amuffin , June 23, 2012 5:49 AM
    It might be a better deal to buy a SAS drive.
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    blazorthon , June 23, 2012 5:55 AM
    amuffinIt might be a better deal to buy a SAS drive.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227788

    Almost twice as expensive despite it being on sale for $350 off. It's also just about twice as fast for some workloads (maybe even better for others), so either drive can be argued as justified in this scenario, depending on rather or not capacity per dollar or pure performance is most important between the two drives.
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    amuffin , June 23, 2012 7:37 AM
    blazorthonhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227788Almost twice as expensive despite it being on sale for $350 off. It's also just about twice as fast for some workloads (maybe even better for others), so either drive can be argued as justified in this scenario, depending on rather or not capacity per dollar or pure performance is most important between the two drives.

    Not a SAS SSD.
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    JOSHSKORN , June 23, 2012 9:05 AM
    I'm a first-day buyer...when it falls under $400.
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    master_chen , June 23, 2012 3:06 PM
    Now THAT is one UGLY MF (insert obligatory Yautja voice-over here) of an SSD! :\
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    dreadlokz , June 24, 2012 3:01 AM
    At this price, better get 4x 240GB and raid them! -.-'''' Also, wth is this brand?
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    blazorthon , July 2, 2012 6:20 AM
    dreadlokzAt this price, better get 4x 240GB and raid them! -.-'''' Also, wth is this brand?


    I guess you don't know how well many SSDs and RAID mix, especially RAID that involves parity instead of very wasteful redundancy... You also ignore the fact that this is a high-reliability drive and a RAID system of four lower reliability drives would be orders of magnitude less reliable if these numbers in the article are accurate. Performance isn't everything. Also, what level of RAID did you have in mind? RAID 0 would be suicide and RAID 1 would be wasteful, leaving RAID 5 as the most likely and probably the best such option, but still meaning less capacity and less capacity per dollar in most cases.
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